Tracy Morgan made an emotional comeback to “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 17. The one-time cast member hosted the third episode of this late night staple’s 41st season. This marked his first appearance on “SNL” since nearly losing his life in a six-vehicle highway crash in June, 2014.
Morgan was part of the cast for seven years, beginning in 1996. While his own self-titled show lasted for less than a season on NBC in 2004, he went on to enjoy huge success as part of Tina Fey‘s “30 Rock.” That sly satire on the making of a TV variety show starring Morgan’s character won three consecutive Emmys for Best Comedy Series (2007 – 2009).
Morgan lost his only Emmy bid — Best Comedy Supporting Actor — to Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”) in 2009. Earlier that year, he had returned to “SNL” to host the show and reprise some of his most famous characters.
This time around, he was joined by “30 Rock” castmates Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer for the cold open. Fey also played a part in “Weekend Update.”
Hosting “SNL” has proven a way to win an Emmy. One-time cast member and head writer Fey won Comedy Guest Actress in 2009 while both Justin Timberlake and “SNL” alum Jimmy Fallon claimed Best Comedy Guest Actor twice for presiding over the merriment. Timberlake, who won in 2009 and 2011 also contended in 2013. Fallon picked up his prizes in 2012 and 2014. At the most recent Emmys, Louis C.K. contended in this category for the third year running for hosting “SNL” while former “SNL” funnyman Bill Hader earned his first nomination for his return to the show.
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Photo: “Saturday Night Live” poster. Credit: NBC/Everett/REX